Solid Waste & Recycling

  • Waste Management Themed Trade Mission to Netherlands- Day Four

    September 23, 2013 by Paul van der Werf

    The City of Apeldoorn (165,000 residents) is situated in the centre of the Netherlands. They have used Diftar methodology to reduce waste generation. Diftar is an acronym for differential tariff and is essentially a form of User Pay. In 2006

  • Why Ontario’s Bill 91 Waste Reduction Act is a bad deal for municipalities

    September 15, 2013 by Usman Valiante

    The effect of the people’s agreeing that there must be central planning, without agreeing on the ends, will be rather as if a group of people were to commit themselves to take a journey together without agreeing where they want

  • Article submissions and event posting

    September 3, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    With summer winding down and everyone in “back to school” or “back to work mode” (sigh!) I think it’d be useful for readers to be reminded of a few tips for submitting articles to our publication, and for posting your

  • Ontario Bill 91 Waste Reduction Act and the role of recyclers – some additional thoughts

    August 14, 2013 by Usman Valiante

    Since I posted up my blog “Ontario Bill 91 Waste Reduction Act and the role of recyclers” some good questions have come up: Q) What about out-of-province recyclers? Neither the Ontario Government nor the Waste Reduction Authority will have jurisdiction

  • Plastic pollution and the world’s oceans

    August 12, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    According to the website (, “…plastic constitutes approximately 90 per cent of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile.” Much of the plastic debris that enters the environment ultimately finds its

  • Ontario Bill 91 Waste Reduction Act and the role of recyclers

    July 29, 2013 by Usman Valiante

    By stimulating innovation, strict environmental regulations can actually enhance competitiveness. Toward a New Conception of the Environment-Competitiveness Relationship Michael E. Porter and Claas van der Linde The Waste Reduction Strategy –- the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s marketing document that

  • Less bad is no good

    July 29, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    A recent blog entry from the Athens, Georgia-based Product Policy Institute reminds me why the PPI is one of my favorite organizations taking on the “bleeding edge” of waste and recycling issues, talking — as it does — not so

  • Sites & Spills Expo update

    July 22, 2013 by Lee Baker

    You may have previously read that the Sites and Spills Expo issued a call for papers for the upcoming show, taking place February 19–20, 2014 at the International Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The deadline for submissions has now past and

  • Understanding extended producer responsibility

    July 2, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    With the introduction of product stewardship programs across Canada (and to a lesser extent the United States) it’s worth reminding ourselves about their ultimate purpose, which often gets lost in discussions over specific policy details. With the introduction of its

  • Where do eco-fees come from? Why, from government, silly!

    June 25, 2013 by Usman Valiante

    The political fixation on “doing something about” eco-fees is akin to fretting about a lingering cough while ignoring the underlying pneumonia that is its cause. If eco-fees are the symptomatic “cough” then government policies that restrict or lessen competition between